Title favourites make Brighouse suffer

Brighouse Town were beaten 5-0 in front of a bumper 1,776 crowd at South Shields last night.

Both teams had won their opening Evo-Stik NPL games of the season at the weekend but The Mariners showed why they are the title favourites with a convincing success.

South Shields, who won the FA Vase Final at Wembley in May, took the lead with a looping header from Carl Finnigan after 15 minutes and he hit the woodwork shortly after.

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Barrie Smith doubled the lead on 37 minutes and Michael Richardson (54), Matty Patterson (72) and Jamie Holmes (78) added to the home tally.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic. Aaron Martin had a header cleared off the line and Tom Robinson fired wide as the visitors started the second half well.

Jacob Buchanan had a shot deflected just wide midway through the first half before Adam Jones had a good chance but was denied by ‘keeper Liam Connell.

Brighouse, who had beaten Skelmersdale United 1-0 at home last weekend, are at Bamber Bridge in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

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